St Clare Hospice charity celebrates national Volunteers’ Week and recognises 30 year commitment of seven volunteers

St Clare Hospice charity celebrates national Volunteers’ Week and recognises 30 year commitment of seven volunteers

EVERY year during the first week of June (Monday 1st – Sunday 7th June 2020) organisations, charities and communities celebrate and say thank you for the contribution that millions of volunteers make across the UK.

This Volunteers’ Week, West Essex and East Hertfordshire charity, St Clare Hospice, will be recognising the unique contribution of its 550+ strong volunteer team – albeit from afar due to lockdown restrictions. St Clare Hospice will be marking the week on their social media channels as well as hosting a series of virtual social get-togethers for their volunteers during the week.

Rob Wallace, Voluntary Services Manager, said: “This Volunteers’ Week we want to say a huge and heartfelt thank you to all our St Clare volunteers for the contribution they make – every hour they donate to us is truly valued. This is an unprecedented time and unfortunately many of our volunteers have had to put their support on pause during lockdown. Everyone at the Hospice is very much missing the passion, skills and contribution of our volunteers – and it just goes to show the difference they really make. We cannot wait to be back together with them again.”

2020 also marks the 30th anniversary of the hospice charity and this Volunteers’ Week St Clare Hospice is celebrating the special commitment of a group of seven volunteers who have supported the charity since it first began.

The seven St Clare Hospice volunteers who are celebrating their 30th year of volunteering are: John Carr (Epping), Michael Chapman (Epping), Ann and Peter Gould (Harlow), Liz Jones (Epping), Audrey Marlow (Harlow) and Heather Wright (Harlow).

Commenting on the volunteers’ 30 year milestone Rob Wallace, Voluntary Services Manager, said: “We are extremely fortunate to be able to say that some of our volunteers have supported us since the Hospice was founded in 1990 – dedicating countless hours of their time to our cause.

“In this, our 30th year, there are seven amazing volunteers who are also celebrating their 30th ‘St Clare Birthday’ with us. We want to say a huge and heartfelt thank you to – John, Michael, Ann, Peter, Liz, Audrey and Heather. We salute these seven incredible volunteers, who together, have given 210 years of continuous voluntary service to St Clare.”

“Ann, Peter and Audrey are all founding members of our Harlow Friends fundraising group, as well as establishing our Open Gardens event which has been raising funds each summer for the Hospice for over 25 years. These devoted fundraising volunteers have also been involved in numerous fundraising events, from street collections, to fêtes and cake sales.

“John Carr was one of our founding trustees, as well as one of our very first fundraising heroes. It was with John’s support that we raised enough money to launch the Hospice.

“Michael Chapman has supported St Clare since 1990 in various ways, including as the Chair of the Board of Trustees from 2006-2013, and by taking part in our Open Gardens event every year.

“Liz Jones was a supporter from the very beginning, running book sales and fundraising, and she set up our annual 10k race which has been taking place at the Hospice since 1994.

“Heather Wright was one of the very first volunteers at St Clare and, along with her husband Stanley, helped to set up the Hospice. Heather dedicated so much time and support in the early days, even cooking meals for our Day Therapy patients. Heather still volunteers to this day, now in our Epping shop.”

For more information about how you can volunteer with St Clare Hospice, visit their website at stclarehospice.org.uk/volunteer or email [email protected]

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